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Ferrisburgh taxpayers see rates decrease

Posted on August 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Despite at least modest increases in town spending and in the Ferrisburgh Central School and Vergennes Union High School budgets, Ferrisburgh’s 2012-2013 property tax rates dropped from this past year.

Ferrisburgh’s new residential rate stands at $1.6276 per $100 of assed value — 10.58 cents lower than the 2011-2012 rate.

That decrease translates to a tax bill that is about $200 lower for a Ferrisburgh home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.

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Addison sees tax rate drop

Posted on August 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

ADDISON — Due to a combination of factors, the town Addison’s residential property tax rates dropped by 14.8 percent for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, while the town’s commercial property tax rate fell by 10 percent. 

Addison’s new residential rate is $1.5412 per $100 of assessed value, down from $1.8084.

That decrease of almost 27 cents translates to a tax bill that is about $534 lower for an Addison home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.

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VUHS head's legal case ends in deal

Posted on August 6, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — On July 9 in Addison Superior Court, Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley pleaded no contest to a charge of careless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a plea deal that ended a case against him that began on Feb. 6, when Vermont State Police alleged he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, Webbley, a 57-year-old Bristol resident and the Vermont Principals’ Association 2010 Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year, was fined $400 for the offense, plus $201 in surcharges.

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Local girls plan dance benefit

Posted on August 6, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



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NEW HAVEN — For most children, typical summer activities include playing outside and trips to the town pool. But for two New Haven girls, summer vacation includes organizing a community fundraiser.

Sisters Emily and Kayley Tardie, age 11 and 7, respectively, have been hard at work planning a fundraiser scheduled to be held in the New Haven Town Hall on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, called “Just Dance,” will feature a night of dancing, food and prizes for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont.

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Middlebury warned about potential scam

Posted on August 3, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury authorities on Friday were put on alert about a woman going door-to-door claiming to be raising money on behalf of the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) for the Share Heat program that provides fuel assistance for Vermonters. Steve Costello, a spokesman for Green Mountain Power, said the state utilities do not raise Share Heat money through door-to-door campaigns are urging residents to not donate in this manner. Anyone in Middlebury receiving a visit of this nature should call police at 388-3191.

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Bristol gathers to grapple with drug crime

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — A noticeable rise in armed robberies, burglaries and drug-related crimes have plagued Bristol this past year.

To identify the problems behind these crimes and find solutions, more than 100 citizens, law enforcement officials and social workers packed into the muggy basement of Bristol’s St. Ambrose Church on Tuesday evening. While police officers did not quantify the increase in local drug activity, those in attendance agreed that Bristol and Addison County have a drug problem, and it’s getting worse.

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4-H kids ready animals for star turns at fair

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — 4-H club members around the county were hard at work this week preparing for their biggest event of the year: Addison County Fair and Field Days.

During the week, the 350 4-H members in 18 clubs around the county will show their animals, compete in other events, and demonstrate their ongoing projects. In the lead-up to the next week, members were doing the final grooming and training of the animals that will soon fill the fairgrounds’ barns.

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World War II vet recalls front-row seat at V-J day

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s a picturesque day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007 and a young couple and their two children are among the scores of people fanning across the deck of the USS Missouri, admiring the iconic battleship that hosted the surrender ceremony for Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II.

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Burlington man charged with Ferrisburgh murder

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A Burlington man with ties to Ferrisburgh on Monday was officially charged with second-degree murder for taking the life of Conrad Bell, 40, of Vergennes during a confrontation at a Ferrisburgh bonfire just before midnight on July 27.

At a Monday afternoon arraignment in Rutland Superior Court, Joseph Bolduc, 25, pleaded innocent to that charge as well as a number of other charges stemming from the aftermath of an incident in which Vermont State Police allege Bolduc struck Bell with a tire iron in the neck at least twice and caused his death.

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Critical farm bill stalled in house

Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2012 federal farm bill, which determines five years of agriculture and nutrition policy, could be postponed for another year, according to U.S. House of Representatives majority leaders.

That prospect left Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., concerned by the prospect of a one-year extension of current agricultural policies and its potential effects on Vermont farmers.

“This would be very harmful to Vermont dairy farmers and others around the county,” said Welch on Tuesday.

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